TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. The Indiana State Police is mourning the loss of one of its own after a single vehicle crash late last night on Old State Road 25 near Stair Road.
27-year-old Trooper Peter R. Stephan of Lafayette was killed in the crash. Stephan served with the Indiana State Police Department for four years.
The preliminary investigation by State Police indicates at 10:25 p.m., Trooper Stephan was traveling northbound on Old State Road 25, south of Stair Road, when his 2018 Dodge Charger police car entered a curve. For an undetermined reason, the Dodge left the east side of the roadway, rolled at least one time and struck a utility pole. Trooper Stephan was going to help another trooper who had called for assistance in Americus prior to the crash.
Trooper Stephan suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a statement, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter said “This is a tremendously sad day for the entire Indiana State Police family. We will band together as we always do in support of Trooper Stephan’s family, friends and co-workers."
Trooper Stephan is survived by his wife and six month-old daughter.
"It's always heartbreaking. In this particular case with trooper Stephan it becomes absolutely gut-wrenching when I think of him having a six month-old daughter at home," said Sergeant Ted Bohner, with Indiana State Police.
Bohner said his team is still processing this.
"It's been a number of years since the Indiana State Police has lost a brother or sister in blue," Bohner said.
An account has been established through Old National Bank to accept monetary donations on behalf of the family of Trooper Stephan. This is the only account which has been agreed upon by the family, and the opening of additional fund raising accounts is discouraged.
Those wishing to make a donation may do so at any Old National Bank branch under the name:
Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation/Peter Stephan